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Fatal Death in the Grand Canyon

Categories:Wrongful Death

When I think of the Grand Canyon I think of a beautiful, breath-taking sight. It’s one of those places that you hear about and have to see for yourself.

I remember the first time I visited the Grand Canyon like it was yesterday; my friend and I decided to take a drive West right after graduation. Although it has been over 30 years, I can still remember driving through the forests and finally getting the very first glimpse. Just thinking about it now makes me want to pack, get in my car, and take a drive there. To most of us, the Grand Canyon will always be a beautiful place, some place full of magic; however, to others, the Grand Canyon is more than that – it’s a place where they lost a loved one.

1 in 400,000 visitors.

The odds of someone dying in the Grand Canyon are 1 in 400,000 people, which, when you do the math is less than 1%. That sounds pretty good right? Statistically speaking, the odds are in our favor, but unfortunately, there are people who make that percentage.

Just this past weekend three lives were lost in a tour helicopter crash

The reason for the crash is unknown; witnesses stated that they saw flames and smoke followed by the sounds of explosions. Witnesses also saw the victims bleeding and badly burnt – the survivors were airlifted and transported to a hospital in Las Vegas. It was reported that some environmental factors made it hard for the rescue crews to find their way to the injured and dead. The Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopter carried six passengers and the pilot.

Some of these things are out of our control; however, there are things that you can do to make your visit to this breath-taking place safer

Not all deaths that happen in the Grand Canyon are because of other’s negligence; sometimes it is up to us to stay safe. When visiting the Grand Canyon remember to:

  • Stay hydrated – there have been more deaths due to dehydration/heat than falling off the edge
  • Stick to the paved paths – the ground may seem stable from the top, but no one can see what’s going on underneath
  • Always keep an eye on your kids! – talk to them about the dangers of playing around, losing balance can bring devastating results
  • Think before taking risky photos – many things can go wrong, just take a minute to think… “is the picture worth my life?”

If you find yourself in a situation where someone else’s negligence caused the death or injury of a loved one, give us a call today.

At Brooks Law Group we understand that when dealing with the loss of a loved one, looking for an attorney may not even be one of the things on your mind; however, it is crucial that you speak to someone about seeking compensation for your loss. Let the attorneys at Brooks Law Group help you navigate through the legal aspect and let them fight for you – attorneys strive to make it as smooth as possible during these difficult times. Don’t worry about paying upfront; call us today for a free consultation at 1-800-LAW-3030.


Our hearts go out, not only to every family involved in this recent accident, but also to anyone else who has experienced a loss because of someone else’s negligence.

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